Gary Martin

Gary Martin

Lives in United States Montclair, CA, United States
Works as a Graphic Designer
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Joined on Feb 18, 2005


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On Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 moves from roadmap to retailers article (228 comments in total)

Dear Ricoh: please make some lenses like Fuji, and I'll give you some of my money.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 15:58 UTC as 20th comment
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1224 comments in total)
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Swordman: This is a total game changer and will force its competitors to up the game. It's fair to say, that in maybe another 5 years, that mirrorless will outperform DSLRs in every area other than battery life.

It's only a "game changer" if it sells. The distinction between mirrorless and DSLRs is arbitrary anyway, just a different way of projecting an image into a viewfinder. As a DSLR user, I expect EVFs to continually improve to the point that there's *no point* to having a mirror. But other than a slightly different manufacturing process, it really doesn't matter all that much to the end user.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 00:38 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Hands-on with new Pentax K-S2 article (170 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: It is still one fat device... why not just get A6000 with SELP1650? =D

Commence mirrorless vs. DSLR debate in three ... two ... one ...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 20:40 UTC
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Elliot H: aperture starts at F4, what an advance

Typical DSLR and mirrorless kit lenses are f3.5-5.6, this is f4-5.6. Losing a half stop on the wide end is hardly a big loss. And did you know you can buy faster lenses for it?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 22:51 UTC
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Christos5120: I think, in 2015 Pentax (Richo) needs a compact mirrorless body (no, not like the K1) more than a FF body. A Pentax FF body in 2015 is too late...

A compact mirrorless body from Pentax: because there are so few of those on the market to choose from. For better or worse, they are stuck with K-mount registration distance design constraints for the time being, so going FF makes more sense than ditching their established mount or making an oversized mirrorless to accommodate it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 17:16 UTC
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jaxson: Collapsing the kit lens seems like a half assed attempt to reduce the size, but one which still leaves you with something massive over mirrorless.

This new body actually seems sweet for me, as an upgrade to the K-30. Assume it's Weather Resistant also?

Mic input is a video only feature, but it's honestly only useful if you have audio levels displayed. Otherwise you don't know if you've set the gain right.

Also, disable the STUPID Movie SR simulated shake reduction and return to real sensor shift stabilisation, and allow focus peaking to work DURING video when we need it most, and they're pretty much onto a winner.

DSLR is massive! Must lift weights and bulk up to lift massive DSLR!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 01:33 UTC
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caravan: Fuji,makes many fine products but another zoom lens,please stop,and bring on the primes.

Fuji already has lots of primes; what they didn't have was a weather-sealed lens for the XT-1. Much like the Pentax equivalent, these lenses make sense as being super zooms because if you're in a bad weather environment you don't want to be changing lenses anyway. And the less-than-stellar optical performance at the edges is usually not a factor in the way these lenses are used. That's why the Pentax lens, although being criticized for its weak edge performance, is a popular and well-liked lens by its users who find it very useful. I suspect this new Fuji lens will be too.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 16:22 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1604 comments in total)
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Reality Check: "Note that in order to get maximal image quality out of the D810, we flipped the mirror up 3s prior to each exposure, and engaged electronic 1st curtain to eliminate any effects of the shutter opening on image sharpness."

Um yeah.. That may be fine and well for studio test scenes and landscapes, but how does that work for all the other types of photography - you know the other 90% of photography...

Seems something with lower mp would have greater benefit overall, unless test charts and shadowless landscapes are your thing..

Maybe there's something to be said for a camera you can use for 100% of your photography?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 20:56 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (647 comments in total)

Weird, this camera gets a 76% score (pretty good) but has a very low value score. I guess "value" doesn't weigh in as much here as it does in my life.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 01:07 UTC as 148th comment
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2130 comments in total)

Mirrorless zealots versus full-frame zealots: FIGHT!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 19:41 UTC as 224th comment | 4 replies
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)
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pedroboe100: I would still get a K5iiS and a Tamron superzoom lense and it would not cost that much. Don't care about video that much...

A DSLR only makes sense over something like this Sony if you're going to buy multiple lenses for it. If on the other hand you're looking for a single-lens solution, the Sony makes more sense. A super-zoom on a DSLR delivers (almost always) fairly mediocre image quality and the slow aperture offsets the advantage of the larger sensor. In fact, I bet the RX10 produces *better* IQ than a typical DSLR with a consumer super-zoom in most situations.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 22:27 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1604 comments in total)
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arhmatic: Call this off topic if you will, but can anyone speculate why can't nikon fit the guts of the d810 in a body the size if the nikon F2?

Nothing more, noting less, just the size of the F2... Not for the retro looks, just for the size and portability.

Why stop there: why can't they fit this into my phone? Perhaps the engineers are dealing with issues beyond the scope of your expertise?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 05:11 UTC
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (152 comments in total)

Nice commercial ;)

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 17:15 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (674 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: "an order of magnitude more"

No, less than four times more.

Fun with numbers: "almost 400% more!"

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 03:40 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (520 comments in total)
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hydrospanner: In this section:

Pentax fanboys who've spent the last few months whining about no K-3 review switching over to whining about the K-3 review.

Jeez, for a bunch that wanted so badly to know what the folks at DPR thought of the thing, it really looks like you were only waiting to pick them apart and tell them why they're wrong for disagreeing with you.

For as much as the average Pentax evangelist seems to want to convert Canon & Nikon users, the way they've earned a reputation as the biggest whiners makes me never even want to give Pentax a try if it means I'll turn into that!

I'm slowly starting to figure out what I'll do if/when my D300 kicks the bucket and there's no D400...I was leaning K-3 for a while, but with the way the users seem to be compensating for something, I might rather go m43...they're bad, but they're not AS bad...

Yeah, I base my shopping decisions on the responses of forum posters too.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 19:29 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (520 comments in total)

A fair review. Now Ricoh needs to release a new generation of faster AF pro lenses to match a body of this quality.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 16:08 UTC as 185th comment | 2 replies
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (332 comments in total)

Budget model: OMFG

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 16:37 UTC as 214th comment

Wot, not going to follow Nikon's lead and just release it as a new camera? They're missing out on another review from this website!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 20:00 UTC as 24th comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)

I hope they release this exciting new camera soon!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 16:18 UTC as 76th comment | 4 replies
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)
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arboreus: I'm eager to see Pentax DA Limited 15mm F4 @ K-3 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 comparison. As a Pentax shooter, I wonder if it makes sense to pay 590€ for a new wide angle glass, or get a smaller wide angle phone @ 480€, or just get a gopro @ 250€. That's the kind of decisions I make as a consumer. Too bad DP does little cross-class comparison (wide-angle vs wide angle, tele vs tele etc., lightweight kit vs lightweight kit, waterproof system vs waterproof system, max battery autonomy kit vs max battery autonomy kit). Comparing same-class specs (1000€ APS-C DSLR vs 1000€ APS-C DSLR, 500€ phone vs 500€ phone) is not so interesting.

To tell the truth, I no longer want to say WOW when I see downsized samples in new DSLR reviews, and pixel-peeping is not convincing enough.

I guess you don't care about dynamic range; it's very important to me.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 15:39 UTC
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